Engine-Codes - Ford - P0501 1997 FORD F150

P0501 1997 FORD F150 Code - Vehicle Speed Sensor Range/ Performance

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 2/3
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|P0501 1997 FORD F150 code possible causes

  • Faulty Vehicle Speed Sensor
  • Vehicle speed sensor harness or connectors is open or shorted
  • Vehicle speed sensor circuit poor electrical connection
  • Damaged wheel speed sensors
  • Damage drive mechanism for VSS or TCSS
  • Faulty Engine Control Module (ECM)

|How is the P0501 1997 FORD F150 code repair?

Start by checking the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.

|P0501 1997 FORD F150 code tech notes

Indicates the powertrain control module (PCM) detected an error in the vehicle speed information. This DTC is set the same way as P0500, however the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) is not triggered.

|What is the cost to diagnose the P0501 1997 FORD F150 code

Labor: 1.0

The cost to diagnose the P0501 1997 FORD F150 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair's diagnosis time and labor rates vary by location, vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repair shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

|When is the P0501 1997 FORD F150 code detected?

The signal sent by the vehicle speed sensor to ECM is out of range.

|What are P0501 1997 FORD F150 code possible symptoms?

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Speedometer may not work properly
  • Transmission shifting problem

|What is P0501 1997 FORD F150 code meaning?

The vehicle speed sensor outputs a 4 pulse signal for every revolution of the rotor shaft, which is rotated by the transmission output shaft via the driven gear. After this signal is converted into a more precise rectangular waveform by the waveform shaping circuit inside the combination meter, it is then transmitted to the Engine Control Module (ECM). The ECM determines the vehicle speed based on the frequency of these pulse signals.

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